fidelis83 (1975) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tall frothy tan head that hangs around a long time. Aroma is chocolate, nutty notes, dark caramel, citrus and pine hops. Flavor is dark caramel, fruity, berry-like notes, chocolate, toast, sort of woody/husky grain, a little gingerish spice, pine and grapefruit. Nice creamy, slightly syrupy feel throughout, light to medium, somewhat sharp and blanketing carbonation suits the beer well. Really good stuff.
slowrunner77 (5985) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Black IPA, orange peel, pine/spruce and roasted malts up front and center. The aroma is fan freakin tastic, and the flavor is not far behind. Done really well, this is what I want in a black ipa. dry. piney, hoppy, roasted, chocolatey goodness."
suprchunk (2269) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colored pour. Huge tan head that takes up 2/3 of the glass. Some lacing when it eventually dies down. Huge hoppy aroma. Some dark malt, roast, coffee and chocolate notes. Chocolaty taste with some hop notes. Some coffee, citrus. Bitter finish.
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Hoppy aroma with some light malt. Flavor is overly bitter without much malt to compliment it. Overly carbonated and just kind of plain.
DuffMan (6901) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Extremely lively pour, with an effervescent brown head dominating a dark brown body. Aroma is very hoppy, sweet tropical fruits and light pine. Intense hop character on the palate, papaya sweetness, mango skins, pine; the hops pretty much steal the show, completely dominating the toffee-ish dark malts. Long and extremely bitter finish.
GJF (1258) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oddly disappointing for me. Black pour. Mildly hoppy nose. Flavors are quite intriguing at first, but the finish really becomes unbalanced after a few sips--very astringent and burnt finish.
drsordr (1125) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour opaque black with huge foaming tan head. Nose sweet malt, toffee, slight biscuit and dank hop. Big bitter bite up front. Some roasted flavor and then some minimal sweet malt. Astringent bitter finish. As it warms, some of the astringency calms down and flavors begin to come through.
Advocate_Ames (442) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark with a defined sticky foam head. The aroma is of pine and floral hops, lightly roasted malts, and carmel malts. In the flavor there was a medium level of bitterness, mild roasted malts, weak burnt carmel tones, and a nice citrus taste. Overall a good beverage but nothing profound stands out other than the hops.
Beer4000 (4538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Black body with a big, creamy beige head. Aroma has dark malt, coffee, citric fruit and pine. Flavor is sweet, not very roasted dark malt, quite bitter, citric fruit, pine and a bit rustic in aftertaste. Fine body and very pleasant all the way really.
yngwie (13844) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A dense beige head leaves lacings. More or less black body, looking really good. The aroma is lightly roasted, with some chocolate. Green pine cones too. Roasted and bitter flavor with pine cones, citruspeel and some chocolate and coffee. Full-bodied and soft on the palate, and with a roasted and quite bitter finish. A nice Black IPA I could certainly drink more of, but I’d still prefer it less roasted. 121116